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Meeting: Thursday 13th May, 2004

Autogenic Therapy for the Hypnotherapist


A talk by Marion Brion

Autogenic Therapy starts from the principle of self-healing and personal development, the autogenic meaning "generated from within".

Often described simply as AT, it has links with both self-hypnosis and meditation and in fact hypnotherapy was one of the influences on its development.

But that's not the whole story.

Marion Brion, PhD Cert. Ed. UKICP Registered NLP Psychotherapist and Autogenic Psychotherapist. trained in hypnotherapy, NLP and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy after a career, which included housing management, short-stay, fostering, contract research for central government and working in Further and Higher Education. She has trained as an Autogenic Psychotherapist and is currently Development Manager for the Education and Training Team of the British Autogenic Society.

At the society's May 2004meeting Marion Brion explained the principles behind AT and how hypnotherapists can benefit by appreciating how AT can help clients and how it compares with hypnotherapy.

Marion, herself a member of the James Braid Society,explained how AT was not simply self hypnosis but a fully worked-out system for emotional self management which can be used as part of a course of therapy or on its own.

For the hypnotherapist AT provides the opportunity to explore a very different, yet similar model of healing, and, if trained, to use their skills in a different way for different clients, and to work with groups as well as individuals.

Autogenic Training consists of a series of simple, easily learned mental exercises which link mind and body together. As already mentioned,, autogenic means 'self generating'. So the client learns how to enter a state of deep relaxation and self-healing, reliably, 2-3 times a day and the exercises also stimulate personal-development.

Autogenic Training has proved effective in a wide range of health applications and is therefore increasingly becoming available through the NHS.

AT is taught by Autogenic Therapists after careful assessment of the client. The course consists of nine sessions and practice by the client three times a day and keeping a diary.

During her talk Marion describeed how a wide range of clients can benefit from the skilled support from an Autogenic Therapist.

Complementary therapists can train to be Autogenic Therapists by an intensive one-year course taught at weekends and completion of practical and written work.

Those interested in training to a further level can begin Autogenic Neutralisation, a method of depth psychotherapy in which the client is actively involved in observing and commenting on their own process of development; they are then eligible to train to become an Autogenic Psychotherapist.

Training to become an Autogenic Psychotherapist is by a three-year postgraduate course which meets the registration requirements of UKCP.

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